South Coast Pirates had impressive performances at home but they could only pick one win in their eight away matches of the 2019/20 season.
Having missed playoffs by just a point, one extra away win would have been enough to put them in the playoffs. Coach Howard Okwemba admits that more wins on the road would have seen them reach the last six.
“Yes, definitely we would have made it to the playoffs,” the coach told the Scrummage.
Sacrifice four days
Their lone away win came at Mombasa Sports Club against Mombasa RFC on Matchday 14. The Ukunda based side was unable to pick wins outside the Coastal region. The coach explains that away matches are always tricky for the side as they have to travel for longer distances and key players are at times locked out due to work or school commitments.
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“It is difficult because for us to travel for away games, we have to leave early. For games in Nairobi, we can at least leave on Friday but for games past Nairobi we have to leave on Thursday. Most of our players are committed with job or School. When playing at home it is easy for them to juggle between work, school and playing but for away matches, they have to sacrifice a minimum of four days on their schedule which is difficult,” he added.
The coach believes the solution for the away matches will be to work on the depth of the team.
“Going forward we have to get a bigger pool of players so that we can have two strong teams and it will help solve the puzzle” he stated.
South Coast lost their away clashes to Catholic Monks, MMUST, Strathmore Leos, Eldoret, UoE, Mean Machine and Northern Suburbs